The Ohio Senate is the upper house of the Ohio General Assembly. The State Senate, which meets in the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, first convened in 1803. Senators are elected for four year terms, staggered every two years such that half of the seats are contested at each election.[1] Even numbered seats and odd numbered seats are contested in separate election years. The president of the Ohio Senate presides over the body when in session, and is currently Matt Huffman.

Ohio Senate
134th Ohio General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
2 terms (8 years)
History
New session started
January 4, 2021
Leadership
Matt Huffman (R)
since January 4, 2021
President pro Tempore
Jay Hottinger (R)
since January 4, 2021
Majority Leader
Kirk Schuring (R)
since January 4, 2021
Minority Leader
Kenny Yuko (D)
since April 26, 2017
Structure
Seats33
Layout of Ohio
Political groups
Majority
  •   Republican (25)

Minority

Length of term
4 years
AuthorityArticle II, Ohio Constitution
Salary$60,584/year
Elections
Last election
November 3, 2020
(16 seats)
Next election
November 8, 2022
(17 seats)
Meeting place
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Senate Chamber
Ohio Statehouse
Columbus, Ohio
Website
ohiosenate.gov

Currently, the Senate consists of 25 Republicans and eight Democrats, with the Republicans controlling three more seats than the 22 required for a supermajority vote. Senators are limited to two consecutive terms. Each senator represents approximately 349,000 Ohioans, and each Senate district encompasses three corresponding Ohio House of Representatives districts.

CompositionEdit

134th General Assembly (2021-2022)
Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total Vacant
Democratic Republican
End of previous Assembly 9 24 33 0
Begin (January 4, 2021) 8 25 33 0
Latest voting share 24.2% 75.8%

LeadershipEdit

Presiding
President of the Senate Matt Huffman
President Pro Tempore Jay Hottinger
Majority Leadership
Majority Floor Leader Kirk Schuring
Majority Whip Rob McColley
Minority Leadership
Minority Leader Kenny Yuko
Assistant Minority Leader Nickie Antonio
Minority Whip Tina Maharath
Assistant Minority Whip Hearcel Craig

Other Officers

Clerk: According to the Rules of the Senate, the clerk is elected by the members of the Senate and is tasked with maintaining records of all Senate bills and resolutions. The clerk is also responsible for handling all documents received from other government departments.[2]

Members of the 133rd SenateEdit

 
Senate districts by party
  Democratic
  Republican
District Senator Party Residence Counties represented Term Limited First Elected
1 Rob McColley Republican Napoleon Auglaize, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, Williams 2026 2017*
2 Theresa Gavarone Republican Bowling Green Erie, Fulton, Lucas, Ottawa, Wood 2028 2019*
3 Tina Maharath Democratic Canal Winchester Franklin 2026 2018
4 George Lang Republican West Chester Butler 2028 2020
5 Steve Huffman Republican Tipp City Darke, Miami, Montgomery, Preble 2026 2018
6 Niraj Antani Republican Miamisburg Montgomery 2028 2020
7 Steve Wilson Republican Maineville Butler, Hamilton, Warren 2026 2017*
8 Louis Blessing Republican Colerain Township Hamilton 2028 2019*
9 Cecil Thomas Democratic Cincinnati Hamilton 2022 2014
10 Bob Hackett Republican London Clark, Greene, Madison 2024 2016*
11 Theresa Fedor Democratic Toledo Lucas 2026 2018
12 Matt Huffman Republican Lima Allen, Auglaize, Champaign, Darke, Logan, Mercer, Shelby 2024 2016
13 Nathan Manning Republican North Ridgeville Huron, Lorain 2026 2018
14 Terry Johnson Republican McDermott Adams, Brown, Clermont, Lawrence, Scioto 2028 2019*
15 Hearcel Craig Democratic Columbus Franklin 2026 2018
16 Stephanie Kunze Republican Columbus Franklin 2024 2016
17 Bob Peterson Republican Jasper Township Clinton, Fayette, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Lawrence, Vinton 2022 2012*
18 Jerry Cirino Republican Kirtland Geauga, Lake, Portage 2028 2020
19 Andrew Brenner Republican Powell Delaware, Franklin, Knox 2026 2018
20 Tim Schaffer Republican Lancaster Athens, Fairfield, Guernsey, Hocking, Morgan, Muskingum, Pickaway 2028 2018*
21 Sandra Williams Democratic Cleveland Cuyahoga 2022 2014
22 Mark Romanchuk Republican Ontario Ashland, Holmes, Medina, Richland 2028 2020
23 Nickie Antonio Democratic Lakewood Cuyahoga 2026 2018
24 Matt Dolan Republican Chagrin Falls Cuyahoga 2024 2016
25 Kenny Yuko Democratic Richmond Heights Cuyahoga, Lake 2022 2014
26 Bill Reineke Republican Eden Township Crawford, Marion, Morrow, Sandusky, Seneca, Union, Wyandot 2028 2020
27 Kristina Roegner Republican Hudson Stark, Summit, Wayne 2026 2018
28 Vernon Sykes Democratic Akron Summit 2024 2016
29 Kirk Schuring Republican Canton Stark 2026 2018
30 Frank Hoagland Republican Adena Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson, Meigs, Monroe, Noble, Vinton, Washington 2024 2016
31 Jay Hottinger Republican Newark Coshocton, Holmes, Licking, Perry, Tuscarawas 2022 2014
32 Sandra O'Brien Republican Rome Ashtabula, Geauga, Trumbull 2028 2020
33 Michael Rulli Republican Salem Columbiana, Mahoning 2026 2018

Past composition of the SenateEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Article II, section 2, Ohio Constitution.
  2. ^ "Rules of the Senate | The Ohio Legislature". www.legislature.ohio.gov. Retrieved 2016-03-09.

External linksEdit